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Southern Am: Surprise Win for Carpenter
17 Jul 2010
see also: Country Club of North Carolina

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 17, 2010)--Unranked and unheralded Alex Carpenter vaulted past several of the world’s top amateurs Saturday to win the 104th Southern Amateur Saturday at Shoal Creek. Carpenter, an Abilene-Christian junior out of Little Rock , surged to the top of the leaderboard with a late birdie-eagle combo that gave him a closing 7-under-par 65 and 272 total, for a one stroke victory.

It was also one stroke better that Lee Trevino shot to win the 1984 PGA at Shoal.

The decisive and dramatic stroke came at the 17th hole, where Carpenter, 20, snaked in a curving, 65-foot for an eagle 3.

“This is the best field I’ve ever played against,” said Carpenter, who was lightly recruited and went to Abiline on a partial golf scholarship. “Everywhere I looked this week I saw players I’ve heard about.”

Among those were Alabama All-American Bud Cauley and world No. 1-ranked Russell Henley of Georgia. Those and California teen Patrick Cantley swapped the lead most of the day until Carpenter zipped past them down the stretch. Cantley, headed for UCLA in the fall, provided one final thrill moments after Carpenter finished. Needing an eagle 2 to force a playoff, he bounced his approach to the 18th off the flagstick and tapped in the short birdie to finish alone in second.

Among the perks for the winner is a playing spot in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational next March. “I thought about that last night, but I tried to keep it out of my mind today,” said Carpenter.

The 105th Southern Amateur is slated for Innisbrook Resort next July.
ABOUT THE Southern Amateur

The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is one of two competitions held by the Southern Golf Association. (The other is the Southern Junior.) Its champions roster is like a who’s who’s of competitive golf. (And the same could be said of the standing of its host clubs.) Leading this group is Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Jr., who was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1917, 1920, and 1922. Others who have won or finished in a challenging position and gone on to national and/or international prominence include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January, Gay Brewer, Doug Sanders, Billy Joe Patton, Lew Oehmig, Hubert Green, Downing Gray, Marvin (Vinny) Giles, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melnyk, Tom Kite, John Mahaffey, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Koch, Bill Rogers, Gil Morgan, Danny Edwards, Andy Bean, Vance Haefner, Jerry Pate, Chip Beck, David Edwards, Jay Sigel, Bob Tway, Mark Brooks, Gene Sauers, Davis Love, Justin Leonard and more recently PGA Tour standouts Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who won twice each between 2005 and 2008 in alternate years.

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Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
1ARAlex CarpenterN. Little Rock, AR100070-67-70-65--272
2CAPatrick CantlayLos Alamitos, CA70066-68-71-68--273
3FLBlayne BarberLake City, FL50070-69-66-70--275
4Chinese TaipeiCheng-Tsung PanChinese Taipei50065-70-71-70--276
5FLBud CauleyJacksonville, FL50073-64-68-72--277

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